England pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test against India. Wood had suffered a shoulder injury in the second Test at Lords after falling awkwardly in an attempt to stop the boundary from Rishabh Pant. The pacer will remain with the squad in Leeds and will undergo rehabilitation. A decision on his future availability will be taken after the Leeds Test. The fast bowler was the pick of English bowlers in the Lords Test and accounted for five wickets.
“He will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehab with the England medical team,” ECB said in a statement.
Wood injured his shoulder in the 74th over of India’s second inning and went off the field. On Day 5, a heavily strapped Mark Wood came out and bowled a short spell of four overs. While he was still generating some pace, he was nowhere close to what he was bowling in the first inning.
Wood is the latest casualty in the long list of injuries for England. Earlier, Stuart Broad was ruled out of the second Test after suffering a calf injury. Also, England had to miss out on the services of Jofra Archer, who failed to recover from his elbow injury on time.
The hosts have added pacer Saqib Mahmood to the squad for the third Test, set to be played at Headingley from August 25. Saqib Mahmood impressed in the limited overs series against Pakistan and could be an option for England. Joe Root also have Craig Overton at his disposal and one between him and Mahmood will partner James Anderson and Ollie Robinson in Leeds.